H.O.G.s members celebrate the spirit of brotherhood with Harley-Davidson World Ride
H.O.G (Harley Owners Group) members celebrated the spirit of brotherhood with Harley-Davidson World Ride organized between June 23rd and 24th June. The H.O.G. members have set a personal record of covering 13 million kilometers in just 48 hours. The ride started from the west coast to the desert of Rajasthan, from the Jaipur highway to the Yamuna Expressway, where H.O.G’s from across India gathered on this occasion, and covered a total of 500,000 kilometers.
Two H.O.G’s Mr.Saurin Shah and Mr.Ricken Desai have re-written the rules of riding as they took their machines to the next frontier, through their personal milestones.
Saurin Shan from Nine Bridges Harley-Davidson, Ahmedabad rode an amazing 1500 Kms in 48 hours and stamped his authority over the “mile muncher” honor. “We rode to Kanha National Park, enjoying the light pre-monsoon showers as we played our role in the World Ride. The sense of being part of a global event was surreal; words cannot describe the kind of experience it is to ride with fellow H.O.G’s. To truly appreciate riding you need to ride in a group to experience the brotherhood and camaraderie which builds around the riders and gets stronger as the kilometers amongst them increase”
Mr Ricken Desai from Banjara Harley-Davidson, Hyderabad rode 6000 Kms cumulatively with his fellow H.O.G’s. They plan to continue their journey and pile on more kilometers over 2013. Outstripping all the other H.O.G’s and setting his own benchmark on how a true rider rides, Ricken had his own take on what a true H.O.G was- “he rides hard and fast into the sun-set, for him it’s the journey not the destination that matters. For us H.O.G is a way of life, we saddle our machines as often as we can, not to escape the concrete jungle but to explore the unexplored and live life on the open roads for as long as we can”
Launched in 2008, Million Mile Monday has been an annual event on the last Monday of June that brings thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders together in a collective effort to celebrate the motorcycle riding experience. In 2012, Million Mile Monday was expanded into a two-day World Ride on Sunday and Monday (last week of June) to give more riders worldwide an opportunity to participate and experience of riding in unison around the world.
Whether it’s a ride across town or cross-country, or simply around the block to work, every mile or kilometer counted and was recorded by logging into Harley-Davidson’s online mileage accumulator at the Harley website, where a rolling odometer recorded the collective distance traveled by all participants in the World Ride. At the completion of the ride, a commemorative certificate of participation was shared with each rider, with the mileage total for the day on it.